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:: Awards Triumph for Cyanide Production Technology

 

New technology which enables the on-site production of cyanide used in the mining industries was the overall winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Awards 2014.

Cyanide, and the process of cyanidation, is the most efficient method for extracting gold and silver from low grade ore. However, it is highly toxic and its manufacture, transport and handling pose major safety and environmental challenges.

Australia-based Synergen Met Pty Ltd, in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ), beat over 60 other entries to the Overall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2014 for their process plant that manufactures cyanide on location at the mine site1.

The development reduces costs by up to 50 per cent and avoids the need to transport, store and handle large volumes of hazardous solid and liquid sodium cyanide.

In addition to collecting the top prize, the Synergen Met and UQ entry, called "Modular On-site Cyanide Production Unit", was also presented with the Core Chemical Engineering Award.

 

 

   

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